NYC Mayor considering removing statue of Columbus

NYC Mayor considering removing statue of Columbus

More recent views and protests of Columbus have been critical of his colonization and mistreatment of natives during his lifetime.

Donovan said that as the mayor seeks to subject each monument and statue in the city to a fitness test to eliminate what hizzoner calls symbols of hate, he should donate the Columbus statue to Staten Island which has one of the largest concentrations of Italian Americans in the nation.

Other politicians rallied on Thursday in favor of keeping the statue.

Oh, and Christopher Columbus is not just a target in NY. The effort reminds him of "the worst aspects of the bigotry and hatred Italian Americans and other immigrants once had to face in NY, when Catholic immigration was banned by the state's first constitution, Korten explains in a new statement". "When the guidelines/criteria for review are set by the commission, we will make sure they are available to the public". "Stop the political correctness", radio host Joe Piscopo told the crowd.

While he is one of the first Europeans to reach the Americas, critics of the explorer cite his cruel treatment of native peoples as well as his role in the slave trade. He's flawed, we're all flawed - hey, I'm flawed.

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, who represents Staten Island and South Brooklyn, told de Blasio on Friday that if the statue is removed, he wants it to be donated to the National Parks Service, which controls Great Kills Park on Staten Island.

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De Blasio announced via Twitter last week the creation of a 90-day task force that will decide which monuments to remove and which to keep.

Chairman of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, Joe Guagliardo, reminded the progressive mayor of how much influence Italian-Americans have in New York City.

"Your honor with all due respect, I think you are misinformed. you should not include the statue of Christopher Columbus in your study going forward", he said.

A NY statue of Peter Stuyvesant has also become a target of ire, following the call for the removal of the statue of Christopher Columbus.

"I'm an Italian American, Italian Americans have a long time been taught to be proud of Columbus, there's a lot to not be proud of as well", Viverito, who is half Italian and half Puerto Rican said. "That's a personal decision".

"Instead of attempting to sow discord among various ethnic groups, perhaps Bill de Blasio and Melissa Mark-Viverito should focus on real issues: Fixing schools that don't educate, a failing subway system or the homeless crisis", he said.

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